At another Donegal Holy Well yesterday I met a man who was there praying. After he had finished his prayers I began taking my photographs of the Holy Well and we got chatting.
The well was St. Bridget’s Well at Drumdoit near Castlefin. It sits on a hill and access is by walking across two very large fields.
He told me that the farmer who owns the land is a kind man and allows people to pass over his fields to get to the Well and then he went on to tell me of another kindness the farmer did in recent years.
A man arrived at his farmyard beside the entry to the first field leading to the well and he asked the farmer if he had a quad (which a lot of farmers have to get over their land quickly). The farmer said yes, I do and the man said he was unable to walk to the Holy Well and would the farmer take him on his quad.
The man was reliant on a zimmer frame to get around and had taken a crutch with him so that he could get from his car to the quad as obviously a zimmer frame won’t move on rough ground.
It was mid-winter and snow lay on the fields and it was bitterly cold. The man managed to get on to the quad with the farmer and off they went across the fields to the Holy Well.
Once there the man asked the farmer if he would leave him and come back for him in an hour. The farmer was concerned because it was so cold but the man assured him he would be fine and just wanted to pray.
Nearing an hour later the farmer returned to the Holy Well on his quad to find the man with his trouser leg rolled up and his ‘bad’ leg in the water of the well. The farmer was shocked and asked the man was his leg not freezing and the man replied that no, his leg was in fact almost boiling hot.
So When he stood up from the well the man was able to stand without the aid of his crutch and was able to walk to the quad to travel back to his car.
He left his crutch on the boundary wall of the well for all to see and there it sits to this day.
The man who told me this story assured me when I asked that yes, the man is still able to walk unaided still.
So was it a miracle?
The man who told me the story believed it to be so as did the farmer and most importantly, the man who can now walk without the use of either zimmer frame or crutch.
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